Emergency Preparedness: Do You Have a Plan?

From ice storms to flash floods, Canadians aren't immune to severe weather. In the past few years, Canadians have experienced an increase in extreme weather events (floods, tornadoes, blackouts, ice storms, wildfires, etc.). Here's how you can stay ahead of the forecast. Be aware and prepare:

Be Aware of the Risks in Your Community
Learn about the climate and weather patterns in your region as they often play a big role in causing hazards and natural disasters.


  • a plan
    • Make an emergency plan with your family and post it in a visible location. Include the following:
      • where you'll meet in case of an emergency
      • how you'll get back together if separated
      • emergency contact information (work, schools, contact information for each family member; special health needs)
      • how to shut off the water, gas and electricity in your home
      • who is responsible for small children and pets
    • Know your home's exits.
    • Talk to neighbours ahead of time to share responsibilities.
    • Have a home inventory checklist.


  • an emergency preparedness kit
    • Store at least three days; (72 hours) worth of emergency water, food and other essential supplies.
    • Make sure your kit is portable, easy to carry and stored in an airtight, waterproof container.
    • Your kit should include:
      • water
      • non-perishable food items
      • kitchen essentials, including a manual can opener
      • clothing for all family members
      • battery-powered or wind-up radio, with extra batteries
      • basic tool kit
      • flashlight with extra batteries
      • candles and matches
      • cell phone
      • blankets, waterproof matches
      • hygiene supplies
      • special need items (prescription medication, infant formula, extra keys for car and home)
      • first aid kit
      • copies of essential family documents and records (will, driver's licence, birth certificates, insurance policies, passports, etc.)
      • cash

Ready, Set, Go!

  • Review and practise the plan with your family.

No one wants to think about emergencies, but a bit of extra planning can keep you and your family safe and prevent loss and damage to your home.

Sources: www.iclr.org; http://www.ibc.ca/on/home/emergency-preparedness